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(This column originally appeared on NewJerseyNewsroom.com.)

The 2012 Major League Baseball season started Wednesday in Japan as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in 11 innings.

And while baseball is still three strikes and you’re out, four balls is a walk and you have to touch all four bases to score a run, this baseball season will be very different than all the others before it.

In the offseason, the owners and players agreed in to add a second wild card team to each league. The two wild cards will then face off in a one-game playoff, with the winner entering the divisional series and the loser going home, their chance at baseball glory gone in one day, one game.

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(This article first appeared on NewJerseyNewsroom.com)

“Last time I went was for Jets-Pats. Saw a guy cursing at a little kid and someone threw a bowl of chili at a bunch of teenagers. So yeah, I’d say the crowds there are awful.”

“My first trip to the Meadowlands for Pats-Jets (in 1998) I was 10 and was heckled for wearing my Robert Edwards jersey. Unpleasant.”

Those were two of the responses I got when I posted on my Facebook page that my next column would be about in-stadium behavior. It has gotten seemingly much worse in recent years and unfortunately lives are now at stake.

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MLB: 2011 MLB Picks

Here are my picks for the 2011 Major League Baseball season which begins today:

AL East Champs: Yankees
AL Central Champs: Twins
AL West Champs: Rangers
AL Wild Card: Red Sox

NL East Champs: Phillies
NL Central Champs: Reds
NL West Champs: Giants
NL Wild Card: Braves

World Series: Yankees vs Phillies

World Champions: Phillies

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FOX Sports announced that Cable-cam, or Skycam, the camera that flies across the field and has revolutionized coverage of football, will be added to FOX’s coverage of Major League Baseball’s playoff games this fall. They claim it will fly on the field but stay out of the way until the ball has been hit.

OK, then. Love the idea, but I see multiple problems happening due to an over anxious camera operator. We’ll see.

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I wrote this guest blog for my friend Andrew Vazzano’s Mets Blog The ‘Ropolitans. Enjoy.

My dad and I went to Citi Field way back on May 9 when they faced the San Francisco Giants. It was cold. And it was windy. For anyone living in this area you may remember that May featured a bunch of those chilly, windy days. It was my first time in Citi Field, and I was anxious to see what it looked like after hearing rave reviews.

(Oh, wait, I need to add a disclaimer here. I’m a big Tiger Woods fan…this was the Sunday of The Players Championship, and while waiting for the game to start, I got word that Tiger had withdrew due to a neck injury. Whether that impacted my view of Citi Field is up for debate.)

(Oh, and the other disclaimer. Oliver Perez was on the mound. And if you hadn’t already heard, he’s HORRIBLE. So what should have been a nice quick baseball game went on for about 4 hours. Whether that impacted my view of Citi Field is also up for debate.)

Anyways, the stadium is awesome. The big Jackie Robinson Rotunda is very nice looking, the wide concourses were great, and the food offerings for lunch were plentiful and very nice. Also, the enhanced, detail-driven scoreboards fit nicely in the stadium and with the modern day, young fan.

What I didn’t like was the lack of warm desert options (where are the nice, warm Mrs. Field’s cookies on a cold day…or DONUTS from Dunkin’ Donuts! I hate when stadiums just put DD coffee but not donuts in there.) Also, the lines at the Shake Shack were very long, and the stadium wasn’t even close to being sold out!

I guess the bottom line is that I need to return to Citi Field on a warm day, with a sold out crowd to get a true sense of the atmosphere and when Oliver Perez doesn’t pitch….but so far, so good from my perspective.

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The Chicago Cubs suspended Milton Bradley today, saying:

“Recently it’s become intolerable to hear Milton talk about our great fans the way he has,” general manger Jim Hendry told ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine. “We pride ourselves on having the greatest fans in baseball, so at this time we felt it was best for him to go home for the rest of the season.”

Bradley’s quotes to the Arlington Heights Daily included the following lines:

“You understand why they haven’t won in 100 years here.”

and

“It’s just not a positive environment. I need a stable, healthy, enjoyable environment. … It’s just negativity.”

The guy always seems to be causing trouble and his play really didn’t help his cause either — he was only batting .257 this season. Milton, realize there’s no “i” in “team” and learn to act like a professional.

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MLB: A New Blog to Read

Some people have a vision for the future. Some people have a vision for the future and get on it as soon as they can.

My friend and WQAQ colleague Matt Stucko did just that. He’s been writing about minor league baseball for probably as long as I knew what baseball was (alright, maybe not that long), and has done a stupendous job in the process. He’s written for MLB.com, Baseball America, Scout.com among 343,042,334 other publications (ok, maybe not that many.)

He now has a blog called “In the Cage,” which I highly recommend. So check that out here. You won’t be dissapointed.

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